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where New York Avenue and N Street NE meet at North Capitol Street

From a press release:

“It’s a question as old as philosophy itself: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In NoMa, it turns out, they arrived simultaneously. This week, the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) is installing The Chicken and the Egg, a two-piece sculpture, on a U.S. National Park Service (NPS) property at the southeast corner of the New York Avenue and North Capitol Street intersection. The public artwork is the first realization of the BID’s Gateways Project (nomabid.org/gateways), a long-term effort that will use art to transform key intersections around NoMa. Read More

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2412 18th St. (Rear), NW

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This Saturday we and other DC brands Nos Nos and Charix are launching a design showroom in the Cheshire, an old Adams Morgan luxury car garage built in 1906.  We’re aiming to covert the space, which has been empty for a while now, into a hub for creativity, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.” Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Over the years, I have seen the artist of this George Clinton painting carrying the artwork at the Funk Parade and other DC events. This year, there was a younger man with a framed print version at the Funk Parade. I would love to order a copy of the print but google has failed me. It looks like the print was signed Oliver W. Johnson, Jr. Does anybody have leads?”

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Blurbs from the ‘Burbs is written by Arlington resident Jeff Zeeman. After a brief six year sojourn, he’s back! You can see Jeff’s previous columns here.

Ed. Note: Thanks to commenters for clarifying public transit options – “Montgomery County Ride-On Bus 301 stops at Glenstone except on early morning trips before Glenstone is open.”

Glenstone is worth the journey (roughly 30 minutes from downtown D.C.) if you want to experience Smithsonian-level art and architecture, in a spectacular natural setting, at Smithsonian prices (free).  You must plan far in advance (visiting days are Thursday through Sunday, and tickets for July will be released on May 1st at 10:00 A.M. … I recommend logging on shortly thereafter), but it’s well worth it.  The art collection includes recognizable works from many of the most prominent contemporary artists – Warhol, Basquiat, Rothko, Jenny Holzer, Pollack, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, LeWitt, Ellsworth Kelly, Duchamp, De Kooning, Oldenburg, Hirst, Kusama, Bourgeois, Calder, Haring, and on and on – but also features some really interesting pieces from relatively obscure artists.  And the art collection is far from the only highlight, as the grounds, the staff, and in particular several dramatic outdoor works of art make any visit memorable and distinguishable from any other art viewing experience. Read More

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Kate Raudenbush’s Axis Mundi

From Eventbrite:

“Join the Golden Triangle BID for an artists’ talk and walking tour of Layers + Lines with artists Nekisha Durrett and Kate Raudenbush. The artists will discuss the inspiration for their artworks and their creative processes. Both dates (Saturday, April 13 and Monday, April 15 at 11 a.m.) event are free and open to the public. Each talk and tour will last approximately 1 hour and start at the Connecticut Avenue overlook.”

From a press release:

“The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) opens Layers + Lines, a new public art exhibition on Connecticut Avenue, on April 4, 2019. Bringing together two pieces of art, Up ’til Now by DC-based artist Nekisha Durrett and Axis Mundi by NYC-based artist Kate Raudenbush, the exhibition explores the layers of history in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, the geometries of our built environment, and the lines connecting us to our community. Read More

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Photo Credit: Pierre Edwards/@DistrictDodger

Ed. Note: For those not familiar with what’s coming after – see here and here.

From an email:

“No Kings Collective, in partnership with Collection 14, presents UMBRELLA. Taking over an entire city block along the 14th St corridor, UMBRELLA will be a three day pop-up with multiple galleries, art installations, and site-specific projects. UMBRELLA will feature curation and art by Kelly Towles, Naturel, Maggie O’Neill, Monochrome Collective, Girlaaa, Mark Kelner, Fabiola R. Delgado, PAKKE, Rock Creek Social Club, District Dodger, and JAB.

UMBRELLA | April 12th – 14th

Opening Reception April 12th | 5p-12a

2114 14th st NW (between V and W St)

The show is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP.”

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Photo by flickr user airbus777

From a press release:

On the evening of Tuesday, April 9, the NoMa Parks Foundation will turn on the power for Lightweave, a dynamic and compelling light installation in the L Street NE railway underpass. Comprising six spiraling lattices of stainless steel and bent LED tubing suspended above the underpass sidewalks — three above each passageway, hung from freestanding armatures — the artwork will light up the space 24 hours a day, with LED colors changing and moving in response to sound waves from the sidewalk spaces and vibrations from trains passing overhead. Lightweave is the second of the NoMa Parks Foundation’s planned underpass “art parks” to open and was designed by interdisciplinary San Francisco art and design firm FUTUREFORMS. The first art park — Rain, in the M Street NE underpass — opened in October 2018. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

As you know, Zeppelin restaurant on 9th and Q has been in the process of painting an awesome monster mural on its wall over the last few months. My son, Konrad, attends Seaton and we walk by the mural everyday to and from school  – I should add that he is also a huge fan of all things monster (we have a godzilla poster in our kitchen, so it might be genetic). As the mural was going up Konrad had daily conversations with the artist, and he was really happy to see King Kong and a gigantic octopus join Godzilla in the mural. But, there was a problem: Mothra had been left out.
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